Educational Services

Educational Services Unit (EdSU)

The Educational Services Unit (EdSU) provides services to address the educational well-being of children and youth from birth to 21. The EdSU works to ensure that youth who are dependents of the court are immediately enrolled in and attending schools, and receiving an appropriate educational program.

In addition, the EdSU oversees or collaborates with the following programs, projects, and committees:

Education Rights Project (ERP)/Youth Education Advocates (YEA) Partnering agencies

The Educational Rights Project (ERP)/YEA is a collaboration between the Juvenile Probation Department, educational consultants through Morrissey-Compton Education Center, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, County Counsel, and the Department. The focus of ERP centers primarily on special education identification and advocacy, compliance of Assembly Bill 490/1933, and related laws specific to youth in foster care. This encompasses education pertaining to educational rights for student, parent, and caregiver, disciplinary concerns, school of origin transportation, and high school completion options (AB 167).

Educational Consultations

Educational consultations are scheduled when a referral is submitted to EDSU. Consultations include an EDSU coordinator, LACY attorney advocate, and a Morrissey-Compton education specialist. Additional participants include social worker, CASA, service providers, caregivers, probation officer, school district staff when appropriate, and occasionally high school students if they are not attending school. Consultations result in plans of action to ensure the student receives academic instruction, social/emotional support, and school placement that is appropriate to his/her needs and abilities.

Santa Clara County Office of Education Partnership (SCCOE)

The Department of Family and Children and Services is collaborating with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) to ensure that all court cases receive individualized educational support. SCCOE provides case management services are provided to children and youth K-12 involved in the juvenile dependency court, including both family reunification and maintenance. Cases are assigned to an SCCOE education manager who will follow the academic progress of children throughout their duration in the dependency system.

Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) Scholarship

The NMD scholarship helps students to achieve their dream of higher education (vocational training, community college, and/or university). The goal is for foster youth to earn their college degree debt-free. When foster youth graduate from college, they do not have the luxury of going home to live with their parents. They have to support themselves, and having debt makes that hard.  SCCOE is sub-contracting this service through the non-profit Pivotal.  The NMD scholarship application is available online (www.pivotalnow.org) in January and is due March 31st. Accepted Scholars attending community college receive up to $3,000 per year, and those attending vocational training or university up to $5,000 per year. Eligibility: Open dependency case in Santa Clara as a Non-Minor Dependent.

High School & Post-Secondary Education & Career Coaching

Through a partnership between DFCS and SCCOE, eligible youth can receive education and career coaching. SCCOE sub-contracts this service through the non-profit Pivotal. Education coaches meet with students on a regular basis, providing support with reaching education and career goals, as well as helping youth develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Education high school coaches support youth with developing a plan for completing high school and planning for their next steps. Education post-secondary coaches are co-located on all Santa Clara County community colleges and provide education and career support. Coaches help connect youth to resources, like tutoring and campus support programs. Coaches also help students develop their professional skills, connect to jobs and summer internships. 

Eligibility: Open dependency case in Santa Clara County.

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